Domestic Violence is aggressive behavior within the home from a partner or family member which includes physical assault, sexual abuse, stalking, verbal abuse, and emotional abuse. These behaviors are intended to control, intimidate, frighten, terrorize, humiliate, manipulate, or injure someone.
Nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States every minute. Yearly, this adds up to more than 10 million men and women. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men are involved in a severe physical abusive relationship in their lifetime. 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men are stalked by an intimate partner in their lifetime to the point where they feared for their life. On a typical day there are about 20,000 calls to the domestic violence hotline.If criminal charges are brought against the offender, it can result in criminal charges such as assault, battery, sexual assault, and rape. It could result in penalties jail, prison, or monetary fines. In addition penalties, the offender may face other consequences such as:
- Damages: Defendant would pay monetary fines for all financial losses of the victim ( hospital bills or pain and suffering. )
- Restraining orders: A judge can issue a domestic abuse injunction such as a temporary or permanent restraining order.
- Rehabilitation courses: Judge can require the defendant to attend anger management classes, or any other like courses.
- Custodial rights: The defendant may use custody and/of visitation of their children.
- Loss of various rights: Rights such as owning a firearm and having a drivers license can be loss.
If you know anyone or you are in a domestic violence situation the national domestic violence hotline is a hotline accessible for the victim and the abuser in a domestic violence relationship. The domestic violence hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE or with an online chat between 7 am-2 am central time at www.thehotline.org.